This whisky is altogether something very, very special. In looking at my whiskybase collection of empty bottles from the past, I've now had (the luck and priviledge) of drinking 9 full bottles of white horse editions. A mix of gold letter and embossed versions.. They have all ranged from excellent to unreal, but this "limited" version is the first to elevate to that "game-changer" level. It is a giant leap up from even the best of the others. I mean, we are talking 60s Lagavulin after all!
The nose and palate are very similar to me, demonstrating a nice consistency of character. The first impression is of the finest vinegars, the kind you might do a tasting of. The second impression, which hits almost directly afterwards, is that beautiful and elusive Islay mustiness from the old era. Like a bag of hockey gear unopened for some months (apologies, I am Canadian) where the mold hits the nose hard. The only bottle I've tasted with a stronger and more beautiful moldy note is the legendary Lagavulin 21 '85.
After a few minutes in the glass, the most surprising note of all arises: fresh strawberries! I am overjoyed... Islay fruits from the 60s! What more can you ask for...
The finish is much the same as above, but goes on and on and on... not expected for a 43% whisky that has sat in the bottle now for what, almost 40 years!
Unbelievable. My dad and I opened this last weekend to celebrate the summer, and there is much to look forward to. Truly one of the greats.